Harry Baird

Harry Baird (12 May 1931 – 13 February 2005) was a Guyana-born British actor who came to prominence in the 1960s. Baird was born in Georgetown, British Guiana and was educated in Canada and England. He was given his film break in 1954 as a boxer named Jamaica in the Carol Reed film A Kid for Two Farthings (1954). A year later, he appeared in Kismet at the Stoll Theatre in London, and although he had a role in Jean Genet's The Blacks in 1961, he subsequently appeared mostly in film and television. His first lead role was as Atimbu, in the White Hunter television series in 1958. A series of stereotypical roles followed in low-budget films with generic African or 'jungle' themes. His most high-profile role, however, was in the Michael Relph-Basil Dearden racial drama Sapphire (1959). Quality roles for a black actor in Britain remained scarce, although he appeared in supporting roles in the Patrick McGoohan vehicle Danger Man and the Gerry Anderson series UFO (1970) as Lieutenant Bradley, although he left the series midway through the run.


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